Keith Miller is a filmmaker, artist and curator based in Brooklyn. His most recent feature, Five Star, premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival where it won Best Editing for a Narrative Feature, and went on to win several other awards. It had its international premiere at the Venice Biennale and went on to play numerous festivals including Thessaloniki, Cairo, Rio De Janeiro, Seattle, New Orleans and many more. It will be distributed in North America by Xlrator Media and internationally by AMC/Sundance International. It will be in theaters in NY and LA Summer 2015. As part of the development and production of Five Star, he was awarded a Jerome Film and Video grant and a Rooftop Production grant. His first feature film, Welcome to Pine Hill, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance Film Festival 2012, the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival, the FIPRESCI Grand Jury Prize for New American Cinema at the Seattle International Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize for Performance at the Sarasota Film Festival and an Honorable Mention at the Nashville Film Festival. In North America it is distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories and internationally by AMC/Sundance International. Keith was recently named a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow for his long-term Whitman Project, inspired by Five Star. As part of this he is currently developing his next feature film, The Translator. His teaching is focused on the intersection of theory and practice when looking at, thinking about, and making art, film and Visual Culture. The ongoing relevance of the many forms of realism and surrealism are central to this approach. His paintings have been shown in New York, Atlanta, and Mexico. He was the curator and director of the SAC Gallery at Stony Brook University from 2002-2008. Since 2008 he has been the curator of the Gallatin Galleries.
Teaching and Research Interests
modern and contemporary art; Realism; figurative painting; narrative cinema; video art; filmmaking
Professor Keith Miller was awarded a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship in Film-Video from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to support "The Whitman Project," ten films set within the Walt Whitman Houses, located in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn.
He received the Gallatin Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2013-2014. The award recognizes educators for their outstanding teaching; their ability to inspire their students; a pedagogical approach that is creative and rigorous; expert advising and mentoring skills; and contributions to their field.
His feature film Five Star was selected for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival’s World Narrative Competition, and had its world premiere at the festival. He was awarded Best Editing in a Narrative Feature Film from the Festival in April 2014. In January 2014, he curated the 2014 Gallatin Faculty Art Show, held in the Gallatin Galleries.